, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 91-93,
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Date: 22 Feb 2012

The need for a benchmark of the practice of cardiology

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The Netherlands Society of Cardiology (NVvC) and the European Society of Cardiology have assumed responsibility for the quality of care in the Netherlands and in Europe. To this end, the societies organise congresses and publish journals to promote exchange of information on research and developments in cardiology. The societies develop guidelines for prevention, diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease and they promote education programmes. Surveys and registries provide information on the actual practice of cardiology, to assess whether the guidelines are followed in clinical practice, to identify areas where improvements can be made and to verify whether the guidelines, and the clinical trials on which these are often based, really address the patients which we see in our practices (Fig. 1). Unfortunately few systematic registries of patient care are operational in our country. Therefore other sources of information should be used to gain insight into the practice of cardi ...